Girls basketball

Noll wins its first girls basketball sectional in 17 years

2014-02-15T21:00:00Z 2014-02-16T01:06:13Z Noll wins its first girls basketball sectional in 17 yearsPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 15, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

WHITING | The rematch in the Class 2A Whiting Sectional final between Bishop Noll and host Whiting had a much different look than a year ago.

Last year, Whiting handled the Warriors 65-48 for its first sectional title since 2004.

On Saturday night, Bishop Noll ended its long sectional title drought by cruising to a 52-22 win over the host Oilers for its first crown since the 1996-1997 season.

Noll (20-3) bolted to a 10-2 run in the opening minutes and led Whiting 16-7 after the first quarter.

After senior forward Asya Hobbs got into early foul trouble, freshman Brittany Anderson stepped up. She was a big part of the Warriors' dominance in her first game back from a concussion suffered on Jan. 18 in Noll's 45-24 win over Whiting.

Anderson ended up with nine points and eight rebounds, while sophomore point guard Brenda Pennington added eight points and four assists.

Whiting (13-9) managed just one point in the second quarter on an Emily Brooks free throw.

After scoring a career-high 39 points against Bowman in the semis, Whiting do-it-all senior point guard Citlali Lopez was handcuffed by the Warriors' perimeter defense in the first half. She made just one field goal and totaled five points at the break. She finished with 12.

The visiting Warriors also played very efficiently, committing just four turnovers in the first half and 13 total.

Bishop Noll sophomore guard Naomi House, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, led all scorers with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Oilers were without 1,000-point scorer Bri Blackwell, who didn't dress because of a foot injury.

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